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Les Arcs France
A fine resort in its own right and linked by the world's largest cable car to La Plagne to form Europe’s third largest ski area: Paradiski. Only the 3 Valleys and the Portes du Soleil are bigger.
Les Arcs has four main purpose-built centres named according to their height. Arc 1600, (linked to Bourg St Maurice by funicular) was the original resort, but nearby 1800 is the main hub. Both are typical purpose-built developments, but blend well into the tree-lined hillside and are relatively easy on the eye. Further round the mountain are Peisey- Vallandry , rapidly developing and now merged resort bases where the Vanoise Express cable car links Les Arcs with Montchavin- Les Coches, outposts of the huge La Plagne area. Despite being an integral part of the ski area, Peisey-Vallandry are not part of Les Arcs as such and market themselves separately. The remaining two resort centres, 1950 and 2000 are in a different valley. Arc 2000 could at best be described as functional though a number of British-run tour operator chalets have sprung up in recent years and few places are more convenient or snowsure. Just below 2000 is 1950 , the newest and most appealing development, consisting mostly of apartments.